Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

WU Travel Program heads to the Deschutes

July 5-7, 2013rafting

Perhaps you've considered the river-rafting trip this July -- now's the time to make your move and schedule it!

Join fellow Bearcats for an incredible journey down the Deschutes River. The trip will cover approx. 50 river miles over three days, and rafters will experience exciting rapids, beautiful scenery and great company along the way.

Aside from plenty of on-water time, you'll also have chances to relax, go on a hike, try your luck at fishing, read a book by the river, or catch up with old friends. Our guides will take care of all the cooking, too, which means that you'll wake up to the smell of coffee in the morning and be treated to some high-caliber meals throughout each day.

The group will meet at 9 a.m. the first morning in Maupin, Ore., which is just two hours from Portland.

About the River

The Deschutes River originates high in the Cascade mountains from Little Lava Lake, stretching 250 miles through central/eastern Oregon before flowing into the Columbia. The 'Lower Deschutes' refers to the hundred-mile section from the mouth of the Deschutes to Pelton Dam (near Lake Billy Chinook). This is our section of the river, and it offers beautiful scenes through a desert canyon filled with sage brush, osprey, and incredible basalt rock formations. Naturally, it boasts plenty of rapids fit for beginners and experienced river rafters alike.

River Drifters will be leading this trip, and bookings can be made online. Willamette has negotiated a special price of $310 per person. Children 12 and older are welcome.

More Travel Program Options

The Travel Program continues its tradition of offering robust, once-in-a-lifetime options around the world. Check the Travel Program website for information on how you could find yourself on a river cruise discovering the Black Sea or taking in the sights and sounds along spectacular French waterways.